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dead horse

1. Something—especially an issue or topic—that is no longer of any use or relevance (as used in the phrase "beat/flog a dead horse"). The President's pledge to overhaul the education system became something of a dead horse after the economy crashed. We've all moved on from that problem, so there's no use beating a dead horse.
2. dated A seaman who incurs debt for wages paid in advance. Countless men became dead horses on their ships, trapped paying off debts that were in themselves incurred to pay off other debts, in an endless cycle.
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dead horse

n. a dead issue, especially one that is referred to continually. (Often with beat, whip.) Forget it! Don’t waste time whipping a dead horse.
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Police, the report states, received and investigated a call of a dead horse at Otter River Road on March 14.
We were sort of flogging a dead horse," Sunshine Coast Daily quoted her as saying.
Last month the GDN reported that the beach was covered in waste, including computer monitors, domestic rubbish, dead birds and even a dead horse that had been left to decay.
I haven't thought much about the Lakota since then, but recent events have reminded me of a phrase often attributed to those accomplished Lakota horsemen: "If you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.
Last year, a dead horse had to be removed from the River Ely after it had got into difficulties crossing the river from Plymouth woods where the horses have got grazing rights.
But instead of a perfect end to their family day out, they discovered the grizzly sight of a dead horse.
And he goes on to describe flies, dead horse and other unpleasantries.
A MILLIONAIRE businessman has accused the owners of a top Midland stud farm of charging him fees to care for a dead horse.
SNP's election campaign co-ordinator Stewart Hosie hit back at Labour, insisting: "They are literally flogging a dead horse.
One dead horse was found on the back of a trailer with ropes around its tail, the court heard.
Explore the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse State Park, and take in wild and scenic Moab, Utah.
As I saw him go down I knew I was seeing a dead horse and I just wanted it to be over as quickly as possible.
I hate to beat a dead horse, but a dead horse sure beats a dead shipmate.